Directed by Andrew Niccol
Starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy
The plot focuses around the concept that people stop aging from 25. In order to keep living, time is money and acts as the currency of the future. People are paid in time and have to lose time in order to buy things. And just like money, there are those who have time and those that don’t. Will Salas falls into the former of those categories and finds himself on the run from Timekeepers and trying desperately to beat the elitist system.
The concept itself raises some interesting socialist ideas, however it seems Niccol is reluctant to make too much of a political statement, despite the fact what was hinted at was the best part of the movie. The two villains of the piece (Pettyfer and Murphy) are the most enjoyable in terms of acting. Although baddies always seem to have more to work with! They are sleek, wicked and lend to the funnier moments of the movie.
Controversially, Amateur Reviews has to admit that the performances of Seyfried and Timberlake did little to float our boat. As characters they don’t seem to gel particularly well and were quite unsubstantial. The double act had the potential to be very clever and were given some pretty quotable lines however it all seemed lost in delivery.
The first act of the movie is promising but by the third it all goes a bit Robin Hood and it feels a bit contrived. On a whole, In Time is definitely worth a watch because as an idea it had so much potential but it’s the execution that leaves a lot of be desired in our opinion. The cast is full of beautiful big hitters who are all supposed to be 25, the sets and soundtrack is stunning so all in all it is probably worth checking out. Just don’t go into it thinking this is going to change the way you think about our system.